Maybe More Soupy Than Super
The first week of February 2016 will see the eyes of the world focused on the San Francisco Bay Area for Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016. If past Februarys, and the recent impacts of El Niño, are any indication, the odds are pretty high of that some of the outside activities will be wet.
During the first week of February, over the past 49 years, it has rained on average two days with an average rainfall amount of 0.81 inches at San Jose Airport, just 3 miles away from Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. That rained occurred on 37 of the 49 weeks, or 76% of the time. It is also interesting to note that the two wettest Super Bowl Weeks were during the strong El Nino events of 1997-98 (6.76") and 1972-73 (2.23").
Over the past 49 February 7ths it has rained 20 times, or 41% of the time. And on those occasions the average rainfall has been 0.22 inches.
The last time the Super Bowl was played in the San Francisco Bay Area was Super Bowl 19 on January 20, 1985. That day was clear, cool and crisp with a high temperatures of only 52 degrees. And the San Francisco 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins, 38-16.
The average high temperature during the 1st week of February is 61 degrees and the average low is 43.
Jan Null, CCM
Golden Gate Weather Services